Zuletzt hatte CNBC in einem Test festgestellt, dass Audiophilie Bullshit ist und nichtmal Musiker einen 320kBs-Stream von „High-Res-Streams“ von Tidal unterscheiden konnten. Aber sowas interessiert japanische Extrem-Audiophile nicht, die installieren sich gleich private Strommasten für pure Energie, die nicht von den scheiß Gadgets der Nachbarschaft gestört wird. „Electricity is like blood. If it is tainted, the whole body will get sick. No matter how expensive the audio equipment is, it will be no good if the blood is bad.“
A private line, [audiophiles] say, eliminates electrical interference that comes from sharing a public pole with neighbors whose gadgets can create “noise” that make subtle notes inaudible and the overall sound flatter. Once one has a personal tower of power, “the music melts into the air of the room,” says Sumio Shimamoto, president of Izumi Denki Corp., which installed Mr. Morita’s pole and has erected about 40 more across Japan over the past decade.
A Japanese magazine, “Power Sources & Accessories,” specializes in power sourcing for audio equipment, including the deployment of private poles.
“Japanese audiophiles pursue it with a great deal of diligence,” says Joe Cohen, president of Lotus Group, a California-based distributor of high-end audio equipment. “They adopt the cause and sacrifice everything for it.” There’s a debate among audio enthusiasts about whether personal poles make any meaningful difference. Audiophiles, though, “live in a kind of no-compromises world,” says Mark Bocko, director of the audio and music engineering program at the University of Rochester. “Electromagnetic interference from appliances being used by neighbors could propagate through a shared transformer and have an audible effect. That’s not an unreasonable thing.”